Mary "Mildred" Eastham Cockerham
June 19, 1921 – September 19, 2018
Mary “Mildred” Eastham Cockerham, 97, of DeQuincy, Louisiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 19, 2018 at her home. A native of Dumas, Arkansas, she was born on June 19, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Thomas W. Eastham and Annie Jo Roney Eastham of Dumas, Arkansas. Her late brother was Alan W. Eastham Sr. The widow of George L. Cockerham, she is survived by a son, George M. Cockerham (Carol) of Midland, Texas and granddaughter Ashley E. McArdle (Sam) of Los Angeles California. She is also survived by Sister-in-Law Betty Jo Brown of DeQuincy, many nieces and nephews and their extended families. She had lived in DeQuincy for 73 years. She arrived in 1945 after graduating from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. and LSU to begin her teaching career. She retired as a teacher and reading lab instructor with 28 years of service to the Calcasieu Parish School District. She was a member of the National Education Association, Louisiana Teacher’s Association, Calcasieu Education Association, Louisiana Retired Teachers’ Association and Calcasieu-Cameron Retired Teachers Association. She was a charter member and secretary of the Friendship Study Club, a member of General Federated Women’s Club, Secretary for District 7 General Federated Women’s Clubs of La. and State Chairman for GFWC’s Literacy program-Stories Offer Adventure-Read (SOAR). She was a member of the DeQuincy United Methodist Church where she served on the Administrative Council, past President of the United Methodist Women, member of the Women’s Bible Class and the Cooley/Harmony Circle. Mrs. Cockerham was chosen to receive the DeQuincy Civic Service Award in 1987. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Barrett and Rev. Richard Teeter officiating. A visitation will be held at Hixson Snider Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Visitation will resume on Wednesday at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church from 12:00pm until the time of the service. Burial will be in Rigmaiden Cemetery.
- The widow of George L. (Bubba) Cockerham, she is survived by a son, George Milton Cockerham (Carol) of Midland, Texas and granddaughter Ashley Elizabeth McArdle (Sam) of Los Angeles California. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Betty Jo Brown of DeQuincy; many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
- Visitation Tuesday, September 25, 2018
- Visitation will Resume Wednesday, September 26, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Mary "Mildred" Eastham Cockerham
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September 26, 2018
I still remember my days in Mrs. Cockerham's class. Not only do I remember learning how to read from her instruction, I also remember her patience and kindness and her fervor for teaching. Throughout my life Mildred has been a force of influence. Days in her class have always been a favorite part of my memories. Many life lessons were learned under her. Throughout the years she never missed an opportunity to encourage me in my endeavors. Her love for others was always apparent. She will be missed but not forgotten...a beloved lady.
Maryvonne Baker Cooper
September 25, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your mom when when we were in elementary school. We are now the elder generation
September 24, 2018
she was my first grade teacher somewhere around 1952 and she was one of only a few that called me by my full name but I always knew it was her and over the years i knew every time we had a member of our family pass we just had to let her know and along with the other ladies at the Methodist church they always took care of us .........some people are born into this world to help others and she was one of those people and i was blessed to know her and have her as my 1st teacher......
September 22, 2018
Mildred Cockerham was a remarkable lady. She was always welcoming and knew how to make you feel comfortable in her home. She lived life with dignity and she truly lived her Christian faith. I knew Mildred for well over 50 years and she remained one of my favorite people. She will be missed.